Shona has been teaching Japanese with the VLN Primary School since 2015 and enjoys the flexibility teaching online offers.

One of Shona's highlights while teaching online with the VLNP is outlined below.

On my last trip to Japan I was able to skype my VLNP Japanese class from Tokyo. As it was only 6.30 in the morning, I was able to take the students on a tour of the hotel I was staying in, as well as the immediate surroundings.

At first, the students were unable to work out where I was. But once they had worked out that I was indeed in Japan, there were squeals of excitement plus a constant stream of questions, exclamations of surprise and a constant chatter.

The receptionist who I knew from previous stays was kind enough to engage the students in a ‘Question & Answer’ session in both Japanese and English which went down really well with the students who were surprised that they could communicate with a real, live Japanese person.

Shona is a keen sportsperson and particularly enjoys basketball. She has taught PE, Japanese language and supported online learners.